Join in our Double Reed Day on 4th of May

Saturday May 4th is the BDRS Double Reed Day in Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5HA – Come and meet our two Double Reed Day guests talking about historical instruments, as well as all the other double reed day music making activities, networking and shopping opportunities to be had!

Meet David Chatterton and the early bassoons, pictured with this enormous contrabassoon – an amazing instrument (photo above from April 2015) and David is fascinating to listen to!

We also look forward to hearing from Joel Raymond to demonstrate the baroque oboe and tell us about how they are made (Photo © Graham Salter, Joel has played with the Oxford Bach Soloists, the Hanover Band, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort as well as playing abroad.

We are also planning to run the Handel ‘Musick For The Royal Fireworks’ again, in a double reed version (without brass).

There are plenty of other activities to get involved in, or inspired by. All ages and abilities are welcome! There will also be several trade stands for you to visit during the day with instruments to try/buy, music publications, reeds and accessories, and double reed literature.

It’s not too late to sign up and we look forward to seeing you, whether you are a member or not, for this exciting and inspirational day of all things Double Reed.

BDRS member:£50 / Non-BDRS member: £70
Students in full-time education:  BDRS member:£40 / Non-BDRS member: £50
Non-playing person: £35
Buffet lunch included.

Register Here!

Spring Events Update

Those of you who are joining us on Saturday 27th April for the 270th commemoration of Handel’s Musick For The Royal Fireworks will have received schedule details, and we have also updated the schedule here  Don’t forget our sectionals are being led by two double-reeds legends, Sarah Francis for the oboes and Roger Birnstingl for the bassoons. These sectionals will take place from 1.00pm until 2.45pm in the Concert Room and the Angela Burgess Recital Hall respectively at the Royal Academy of Music. It’s going to be really exciting! Polite reminder that you will not be able to turn up and play on the day but do come along for the performance at 5.30pm if you can!

This is followed by the BDRS Five Day Course led by John Anderson and Laurence Perkins beginning on Tuesday April 30th at Park Place,  Wickham in Hampshire. The Five Day Course is almost fully booked but there are one or two places still available so come and bury yourself in the Hampshire countryside and live and breathe oboes and bassoons with John Anderson and Laurence Perkins; comfortable, quiet and relaxing times guaranteed, with some marvellous music making opportunities to be had.

Finally on Saturday, May 4th the BDRS Double Reed Day also at Park Place Wickham in Hampshire. You will find all the details on the BDRS website.  We have engaged for the Double Reed Day on Saturday May 4thtwo “historic” double reed specialists as a bonus. Oboist Joel Raymond will demonstrate various historic instruments and tell us how to make a baroque oboe out of a piece of wood! David Chatterton will perform similarly on the early bassoons and might be persuaded to bring along his “Beethoven Contra” which he constructed himself and is as tall as a Scots Pine. We are also planning to run the Handel Musick For The Royal Fireworks  again in a double reed version (without brass). There will also be several trade stands for you to visit during the day with instruments to try/buy, music publications, reeds and accessories, double reed literature.

We look forward to seeing you!

Uilleann Bagpipe Chanter Double Reeds In Action

We have heard from Phil Westwell who has taken some interesting slow motion photography of an uilleann bagpipe chanter double reed, there is a link below to the film on YouTube. It makes for interesting viewing.

For those who aren’t familiar with the structure of this instrument, Phil tells us that regarding construction, the uilleann bagpipe reed is like a giant oboe reed (the blades are the same size as a bassoon reed). Although bagpipe reeds are free standing rather than played in the mouth, which makes it possible to film them in normal operation. Phil says “The film contained a few surprises for me, especially the Hard D note at the end of the video. I thought it might be of interest.”

If anyone has any questions for Phil, our Secretary can put you in contact.

The British Isles Music Festival – Information For Double Reed Players

Flutist and festival director Susan Milan has been in touch with us about the British Isles Music Festival, which is now receiving applicants for David Theodore’s and Martin Gatt’s classes. Chamber music, daily classes and concerts. Wind, strings and piano. Excellent experience with top performers and professors from the conservatories.

Dates are August 9th – 18th 2019, for ages 18-32, residential. More information at

The White Rose Orchestra Seeks Principal Oboe

The White Rose Orchestra is a friendly orchestra of 40+ members, they rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings in Leeds and perform four times per year. The orchestra currently has a vacancy for a principal oboe (minimum standard grade 6).  The position closes at midnight on Sunday 14th April. Applicants should send a short biography along with a video recording of their playing to The recording should be a minimum length of 1 minute.

For further information please visit

Obomania Academy Information For 2019

2019 sees the 5th season of the “Obomania Academy”, academy of improvisation in Jazz and Current Music, for Oboists and Cor Anglais players. It takes place in La Roche-Guyon Castle, France, from the 30th of June to the 7th of July 2019.

More information:
Contact and registration:

All the information about the academy is in this PDF – click the link – Oboemania 2019

The London Handel Festival – Group Offers for BDRS Members

The London Handel Festival is offering BDRS members a discount on group bookings for their concerts.

Their programme can be found here and they are pleased to offer our members 50% off on LHF lunchtime recitals for groups of 5 or more, and 10% off selected LHF evening concerts (subject to availability) for groups of 10 or more. The lead booker needs to provide their membership number.

If you would like to know more please contact the BDRS Secretary with your membership number and we will put you in touch with the Festival Administrator to reserve places.

Introducing Our Double Reed Day Guest – Baroque Oboist – Joel Raymond

We are delighted to announce that Joel Raymond is attending our Double Reed Day to demonstrate the baroque oboe and tell us about how they are made. Joel has played with the Oxford Bach Soloists, the Hanover Band, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort as well as playing abroad, notably with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Joel had an early love of baroque music, coming to the recorder as a young player, and took up the oboe in his teens studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, when he took up the baroque oboe. Joel moved on to postgraduate study in historical performance at RAM London and attained the position of joint principal oboist in the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has studied the instruments used in Bach’s orchestra and has even played some of them, and we are looking forward to a fascinating demonstration at our Double Reed Day on Saturday 4th May.

There is still time to sign up –

Photo © Graham Salter,